Michigan kicks off the 2016 football season against Hawaii at noon on Saturday, but that’s not the only big news for the program. The staff will also be hosting several recruiting visitors, including one of their top defensive line targets on an unofficial visit and a top wide receiver target on his official visit.
Check out which top recruiting targets will be in town for the first game of the season:
- 2017 Cheshire Academy (CT) WR Tarik Black
Black is the recruit that everyone will be watching closest during the trip. He’s making his way back to Michigan for the 2nd time in a month after visiting for the BBQ and, thanks to that previous visit, all signs are pointing towards UM. Because of all of the tea leaves, I put in my Crystal Ball prediction for Black to UM on Wednesday which was followed up by CBs from Ryan Bartow. Steve Wiltfong, Steve Lorenz as well as the head 247Sports’ Notre Dame analyst Tom Loy. His original plan was to silent commit prior to his senior season, which starts next week. So, there could be some behind the scenes fireworks going down here.
- 2017 Paramus Catholic (NJ) LB Drew Singleton
According to Wolverine247’s Steve Lorenz, Singleton is staying in Michigan after his game at the Big House on Friday night to enjoy his official visit in Ann Arbor this weekend. Michigan is still the favorite here even though Clemson, Alabama and others are making a push. My Crystal Ball isn’t going anywhere on Singleton to UM.
- 2017 Southwestern Commencement Academy (MI) DE Deron Irving-Bey
According to Wolverine247’s Steve Lorenz, Irving-Bey may visit for the game on Saturday ($). It’s not a guarantee that he makes it to town but, if he does, it would be big for Michigan’s chances here. I’ve had my Crystal Ball in for DIB to Michigan State for awhile now but, after his visit for the BBQ with his mom (whose a big UM fan), the momentum may be swaying a bit. Keep an eye out for Irving-Bey updates before/during the game.
- 2017 Grayson (GA) RB Kurt Taylor – COMMITTED
Taylor confirmed with MGoFish that he’ll be making an unofficial visit to the game with his dad, who happens to be a Hawaii basketball alum.
- 2017 St. Joseph (MI) DE Corey Malone-Hatcher – COMMITTED
According to TMI’s Brice Marich, Malone-Hatcher will be taking an unofficial visit to town to check out his future team ($).
- 2017 OLSM (MI) LB Joshua Ross
Ross is expected to make the short trip over to the Big House to catch the game today as well.
- 2018 Springfield (OH) LB Antwuan Johnson – COMMITTED
Johnson confirmed with MGoFish that he’ll also be making another visit to Ann Arbor for the game. It’s not known yet if he’ll be coming with his teammate and former UM commit, Leonard Taylor. Either way, look for Johnson to put his recruiting hat on for UM with the other visitors.
- 2018 Belleville (MI) ATH Davion Williams
Williams confirmed with MGoFish that he will be making a return trip to Michigan after visiting for the BBQ back in August. He’s a name to watch very closely moving forward as he’s making the move from basketball to football and is one of the most dynamic athletes in the entire state. If he figures it out on the football field, an offer from the Wolverines could follow.
- 2018 St. Frances (MD) DT Calvin Carroll
Carroll and his team, St. Frances, actually played in the Big House last night against Paramus Catholic. He’s expected to stay in town and watch the Michigan-Hawaii game as well. As for his recruitment, he’s a younger player still coming into his own.
- 2019 Greater Atlanta (GA) WR Chris Hinton
According to MaizenBrew’s Evan Petzold, Hinton will be making his way up to Michigan for his first visit to campus. Keep an eye on Hinton. He’s a 6’4” receiver that plays both basketball and football.
- 2017 Westtown (NY) C Mohamed Bamba
First reported by TMI’s Sam Webb, Michigan will host Bamba this weekend for a bit of a surprise official visit. He’s the #3 overall player in the 2017 class and, according to Wolverine247’s Steve Lorenz, a player UM has a real shot with because of the educational opportunities in Ann Arbor ($). Keep an eye out for the 6’11” center all day.
If more recruits make it to town for the visit, we’ll make sure to update the visitors list. So, stay tuned.
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